The Mercury Monterey is a minivan that originally debuted for the 2004 model year. The vehicle replaced the Mercury Villager within Mercury's vehicle lineup. Due to lackluster sales, the Monterey was discontinued following the 2007 model year. A minivan successor to the vehicle has yet to materialize, though some speculate a Mercury version of the Ford Flex may be in the works.
During its production run, the Mercury Monterey competed with such vehicles as the Hyundai Entourage, Toyota Sienna and Dodge Caravan.
An unrelated vehicle known as the Mercury Monterey sedan was manufactured from 1950 to 1974.
Mercury Monterey Styling
The Monterey was a clone of another Ford vehicle – the Ford Freestar. Both vehicles were built on the V-platform and shared a similar body style. A more luxurious design set the Mercury Monterey apart from its brother, with slightly better materials used throughout. Overall dimensions for the vehicle included a length of 201.5 inches, width of 76.6 inches and height of 68.8 inches.
Inside, the dashboard layout was identical to the Ford Freestar. The vehicle accommodated up to seven passengers. Front and rear obstacle detection and good window visibility at all corners enhanced safety. The third row of seating could be folded flat for additional cargo room. Total cargo space was 136.9 inches.
Mercury Monterey Trim Levels
The Monterey was originally available in three trim levels – Convenience, Luxury and Premier. Following the 2005 model year, only the mid-level Luxury trim would remain.
Available standard features on the Mercury Monterey Luxury were considerable and included front and rear air conditioning, dual-zone manual climate control, rear climate control, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, 6-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, power windows, power locks, heated power mirrors with turn signals, adjustable pedals, remote keyless entry, keypad entry, power sliding rear doors, stereo system with 6-disc in-dash CD player, automatic headlights, roof rails and rear privacy glass.
A number of upgrade options were also available for the minivan. Popular optional equipment included a towing package, DVD entertainment system, leather upholstery and a power liftgate.
Mercury Monterey Performance
All Mercury Monterey models came equipped with a 4.2-liter V6 engine. This engine was larger than the one found in the Ford Freestar and delivered 201 horsepower and 263 lb-ft. of torque. A 4-speed automatic transmission provided EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
Mercury Monterey Safety
Standard features available on the Mercury Monterey included dual front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, front/rear obstacle detection and a tire pressure monitor. An optional AdvanceTrac stability control system added traction control, brake assist and an antiskid system. In NHTSA crash tests, the Monterey scored a perfect 5-star rating in the categories of driver front impact and passenger front impact. In the category of rollover resistance, the minivan earned a 4-star rating.
Used Mercury Monterey
Low demand for the Mercury Monterey may make it a bargain option for drivers looking for a reliable minivan. Known trouble spots to look out for when purchasing a used Mercury Monterey include rear brake wear, leaking transmission fluid and improper transmission shifting.